"What? You want me to jump in there?"

“Are you really asking me to jump into this snow bank? Hey! I’m wearing a bathing suit!!!”

Guess what? The therapist wasn’t joking at all. But neither was I.

That was a few years ago. I was participating to my first Hammam-snow experience. In fact, I obviously only had the Hammam  in mind. Many years before, I had once tried dipping into cold water when coming out of a hot whirlpool. And I wasn’t really feeling like having that much fun ( ! ) again.

“No. I ain’t going out there. I’ll just stay in the nice warm steamy atmosphere of the Hammam and I’ll be just fine…”

As everyone knows, curiosity is an expression of intelligence… (did I just made this one up?). Anyway, when the 5 or 6 people that were in the Hammam passed the door, I got too curious and peered out of the window. When I saw their face and heard their laughters, I just couldn’t resist and followed the group into the snow bank. I rolled on my back and started making an angel with my legs and harms while looking at one of the most amazing star-studded sky. My skin was having the thrill of a lifetime!

How can I explain… it just feels like floating on bubbles of champagne. The skin, warmed up by the time spent in the Hammam, instantly melts the snow; it almost sizzles! That effervescent feeling leaves the skin in a blissful state.

For the record, it was 17 degrees Celsius below 0 that evening. When I went to bed, I slept like an angel…


I just talked about champagne… Do you know that champagne, like wine, has therapeutic virtues? Champagne help dealing with various allergies, feeling of distension, flatulence, sluggishness of the digestive system, anguish, depression, insomnia, loss of appetite, senility and ageing.

Needless to say that, no matter how therapeutic champagne may be… you’ll get a heck of a headache if you overstep the mark!